Dried specimen of prenanthes purpurea

Made:
1883
maker:
Agnes Syme Lister
and
Joseph Lister

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53 herbarium sheets of plants collected by Joseph & Agnes Lister during a trip abroad to the Austro-Hungarian Empire
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53 herbarium sheets of plants collected by Joseph & Agnes Lister during a trip abroad to the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Dried specimen of prenanthes purpurea collected by Joseph and Agnes Lister on 24 Sept 1883 at Csorba Lake in the Tatra Mountains, Slovakia. Specimen is loose on a grey sheet of paper. See inscription field.

Herbarium sheets are the most common means of recording a plant on paper, as dried specimens provide botanists with direct visual comparisons. These are two of 52 specimens collected by surgeon Sir Joseph Lister and his wife Agnes while touring eastern Europe in 1883. Each is labelled with its Latin name following the categories commonly used by all botanists from the 18th century. The labels appear in both Joseph’s and Agnes’s handwriting, showing the project was a joint effort. Botany was one of few sciences considered appropriate for women to practise in the nineteenth century.

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Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A642914 Pt8
Materials:
paper (fibre product), plant material
type:
herbarium sheet
credit:
Wellcome Collection

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